Sunday, March 1, 2009

Zuckerberg, Facebook Phenomenon

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, born May 14, 1984 (1984-05-14). Occupation Founder, CEO & President of Facebook. Net worth $1.5 Billion.
Mark Zuckerberg, is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. As a Harvard student, he created the online social website Facebook, a site popular among students worldwide, with fellow computer science major students and his roommates Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. He serves as Facebook's CEO. He has been the subject of controversy for the origins of his business and his wealth.
Time Magazine added Zuckerberg as one of The World's Most Influential People of 2008. Zuckerberg fell under the Scientists & Thinkers category for his web phenomenon, Facebook, and ranked 52 out of 101 people.
Zuckerberg was raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York, by his parents, Edward and Karen Zuckerberg, who are both doctors. His father Edward is a dentist in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Early on, Zuckerberg enjoyed making computer programs, especially communication tools and games. He started programming when he was in middle school. While attending Phillips Exeter Academy in high school, he built a program to help the workers in his dad's office communicate and a version of the game Risk. He also built a music player named Synapse that used artificial intelligence to learn the user's listening habits. Microsoft and AOL tried to purchase Synapse and recruit Zuckerberg, but instead he decided to attend Harvard University.
Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room on February 4, 2004. It quickly became a success at Harvard and more than two-thirds of the school's students signed up in the first two weeks.[citation needed] It started off as just a "Harvard-Thing," until Zuckerberg then decided to spread Facebook to other schools and enlisted the help of roommate Dustin Moskovitz.They first spread it to Northwestern, UCLA, the University of Virginia (UVA), Yale, and then to other colleges and schools in the Boston area, including Tufts University, Boston University and Boston College. By the beginning of the summer, Zuckerberg and Moskovitz had released Facebook at almost forty-five schools and hundreds of thousands of people were using it.(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)